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Why Kirby v. Marvel mattered

14 hours ago | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

In 2014, it’s quite common to know almost every detail behind the production of a superhero movie before the movie is even released. From the release date to the cast to the director to screenwriters, every detail is examined and disseminated across myriad blogs and social media sites, to the point where, if you’re even mildly interested, you could easily find out the names of those responsible for getting that film to your local cinema.

But how about the people who created the characters in the pages of comic books?

In the early days of comic books, the relationship »

- Joshua Rivera

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron": 'Scarlet Witch' and 'Hawkeye'

23 hours ago | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ set footage from the March 2014 Italian location shoot of director Joss Whedon's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", showcasing 'Scarlet Witch' and 'Hawkeye':

"...with 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' destroyed and the 'Avengers' needing a break from stopping threats, 'Tony Stark' creates 'Ultron', a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence, who can assess threats and control Stark's 'Iron Legion'. 

"However, things quickly go awry when Ultron decides that humans are the main enemy and sets out to eradicate them from Earth..."

The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team, recruited by 'Iron Man', under the leadership of 'Captain America'.

Created by writer Stan Lee and co-plotter/illustrator Jack Kirby, the Scarlet Witch debuted in Marvel Comics' "X-Men" #4 (March 1964).

She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'. »

- Michael Stevens

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Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow 10 years on: A ground-breaking blockbuster

27 September 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

It's 1994, and aspiring filmmaker Kerry Conran sits down with his Macintosh IIci to begin work on a short film that's a throwback to the buccaneering adventure serials of the '30s and '40s. In those post-Jurassic Park days, computer-generated visual effects technology was still in its infancy, but Conran, a former CalArts student, saw the potential to tell a story he'd dreamed about. After four years of painstaking work with blue screen and his already-obsolete Mac, he fashioned a black and white teaser trailer for The World of Tomorrow.

Alongside Conran for the entirety of the journey was his brother Kevin Conran, who served as production and costume designer on both the short and eventual feature film. Speaking to Digital Spy from his home in California, Kevin recalled the lightbulb moment when his brother first pitched him the idea.

"At the time I was working as a freelance »

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50 bizarre examples of movie tie-ins and merchandise

25 September 2014 12:15 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Movie merchandise is big business. But some people will try and slap the name of The Avengers or Batman on anything...

Cool film stuff can be almost as fun as actually going to the movies. Think of a Batman cape, an Arnold Schwarzenegger action figure, or Goldeneye on the N64. Hell, the merchandising can often be more enjoyable than the actual film – remember how much fun the first few months of 1999 were before Star Wars: The Phantom Menace was actually released?

Yet, in the chase to make a quick buck out of devoted fans, some... let's just say less relevant, movie merchandise is churned out and flogged to the public.

Here then are 50 of the strangest (not ranked in order!) – expect action figures of obscure henchmen, 16-carat gold Twilight jewellery and some truly vomit-inducing burgers…

1. Spider-Man 3 / The Dark Knight – Burger King’s Dark Whopper

In Spider-Man 3, Peter »

- sarahd

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5 Villains Who Should Be Introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

23 September 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Thomas Roach with 5 villains who should be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

Villains can sometimes be as interesting and compelling as the heroes of their respective films. Marvel Studios has already given us a fair few villains in its Cinematic Universe but there are still many who we want to see introduced. In time, some of the bad guys will likely appear with the introduction of new heroes, whereas some may be appear as antagonists in upcoming sequels. Here are 5 villains who should be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

M.O.D.O.K.

M.O.D.O.K. was created by A.I.M, who were introduced in Iron Man 3. This may in fact have been a teaser in order to eventually introduce fans to M.O.D.O.K. – the Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing. M.O.D.O.K. is super intelligent and psionic abilities. »

- Thomas Roach

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2014 Baltimore Comic Con: Marvel Universe Panel

6 September 2014 3:46 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Marvel’s presence at Baltimore Comic Con was low tech and fairly quiet with no slides or big announcements, but fans in the audience got to ask a variety of questions to Marvel’s creative talent from stupid ones like “Is the new Thor a lesbian?” to ones about the fates of various characters, the amount of creator/editorial interplay in different titles, and why digital comics cost as much as print copies. The panelists were Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort, writer Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine),  writer/artistJim Starlin (Thanos: Infinity Revelation), inker Mark Morales (Infinity, Original Sin), and writer Mark Waid (Daredevil).

Before the panel began, Tom Brevoort told the audience that it was Marvel’s comics, not their films, cartoons, or merchandising, but there will still quite a few questions about various things like this from asking if Marvel Studios would ever buy Spider-Man »

- Logan Dalton

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Is Denzel Washington Too Old to Play 'Black Panther'?

6 September 2014 1:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

If we're to believe the ramblings of Stan Lee, Marvel is gearing up to introduce Black Panther into the Marvel Cinematic Universe soon. And while actors such as Djimon Hounsou, Chadwick Boseman and John Boyega have all thrown their hat in the ring to play the character, one man stands above the rest as a true legend. And that is Denzel Washington. Sadly, he may be too old to take on the role.

Denzel Washington recently conducted a Reddit Ama on Friday for his upcoming action thriller The Equalizer, where he joked about the idea of possibly playing T'Challa on the big screen. CinemaBlend later caught up with the actor to get his real take on possibly joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and if it happens, it will probably be in a role similar to Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

This is what he had to say:

"I'm probably getting too old. »

- MovieWeb

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'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Will Introduce More Female Characters

2 September 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director James Gunn attended Dragon Con over the weekend, where he continued to promote his Marvel sci-fi adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, now the biggest movie of 2014. The subject of Guardians of the Galaxy 2 arose, specifically whether or not the character of Captain Marvel will be showing up. She won't, Gunn says, but the sequel will be used to introduce a number of new female characters.

Guardians of the Galaxy isn't without it's own strong female leads, with dueling sisters Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan), as well as Glenn Close as Nova Prime. But there are a number of other female characters that have been introduced in the Marvel comics that could be making their way to the big screen in 2016.

Marvel Studios has come under fire in recent months for its lack of female driven superhero movies. Black Widow is the most prominent of the current stable, »

- MovieWeb

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News: Did Stan Lee Unofficially Announce a Black Panther Film?

1 September 2014 4:47 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Cinema Blends Sean O'Connell posted an article this evening about Stan Lee letting slip that there is a Black Panther film as well as talking about an inevitable Black Widow film.  He was quoted by ComicBookResources when he was asked about Widow and Cinema Blend posted his statement  "The chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-ManDoctor Strange and the Black Panther, and there are others I am not allowed to talk about." While we can guess at how much of the planned films schedules and releases in predevelment are actually given to Stan, 91, to consult or work on in any form. You have to believe that he'd have some inside info. While Cinema Blend goes on to talk about how it's possible Ultron will be making a hop over to »

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Stan Lee confirms that a Black Panther movie is in the works

1 September 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Stan Lee, the well known creator of many of the world’s greatest comic characters and the king of cameos, may have let it slip that Marvel Studios are definitely working on a film based on Black Panther. Comic Book Resources quoted Lee at the Fan Expo Canada saying, “We haven’t made a Black Widow movie but she’s been in some of our movies, and she will be featured more prominently as we move forward,” Lee said. “And the chances are she will have her own movie because eventually all the superheroes are going to have their own movies. They are already working on Ant-Man, Dr. Strange and the Black Panther and there are others I am not allowed to talk about”.

This is exciting news for multiple reasons. First there has been a little bit of outcry for more diversity in superhero films. Captain America: The Winter Solider introduced Falcon, »

- Max Molinaro

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What The O.C.'s Seth Cohen did for geekdom

31 August 2014 7:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Seth Cohen's character in The O.C. was much more than just a nerd punch-line, Wil argues, he paved the way for comic-book movie success...

We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.

Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »

- louisamellor

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8 obscure superhero team films to follow Guardians of the Galaxy

28 August 2014 5:20 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy is officially a hit, and has been hailed as one of the company's best films by many a critic. Before its release, the film was considered Marvel's biggest risk, based on an obscure team of cosmic heroes little known among comic fans, let alone the general public.

In celebration of Guardians' success, here are some other lesser known superhero teams we would love to see on the big screen...

1. Doom Patrol

Introduced just three months before Marvel's own misfits, the X-Men, DC's team of superhero oddities are a different breed from that team of merry mutants. While X-Men frequently explored the themes of minorities and social acceptance, Doom Patrol has made a habit of embracing its strangeness.

With core members including Robotman - the brain of a critically injured racecar driver implanted in an artificial body - and Negative Man - possessed by »

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The Geek Beat: Thank You, Jack Kirby

26 August 2014 8:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Every so often, some of the local comic creators, shop owners and geeky media types around the region where I live get together for breakfast at a neighborhood cafe. One of the topics of conversation at a recent meet-up was the late, great Jack Kirby, the cocreator of the Avengers, the X-Men and countless other iconic comic book characters. At the time, the local comics crew was in the midst of organizing a fundraiser in honor of Kirby's birthday, and at one point some of the people present – possibly due to the obscene amount of coffee that had been consumed – began running through a checklist of characters created by the legendary creator known as “The King.” It became a game of sorts, with everyone naming off a Kirby-created character, one after...

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- Rick Marshall

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron"- 'Hawkeye'

25 August 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Marvel Comics superhero archer 'Hawkeye' (Jeremy Renner) in action on the set of Marvel Studios' "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

Hawkeye was created by Stan Lee and Don Heck debuting in Marvel's "Tales Of Suspense" #57 as a hesitant villain until he eventually changed sides and joined the Avengers.

"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.

"Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.

"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.

"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman. Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a »

- Michael Stevens

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" - 'Scarlet Witch'

25 August 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @  images of actress Elizabeth Olsen as Marvel Comics' mutant 'Scarlet Witch' on the set of director Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

The Scarlet Witch and her brother 'Quicksilver' were part of the 'second generation' of Marvel's "The Avengers" comic book team.

They were originally recruited by 'Iron Man', under the leadership of 'Captain America'.

Created by writer Stan Lee and illustrator Jack Kirby, the Scarlet Witch debuted in Marvel Comics' "X-Men" #4 (March 1964).

She is the daughter of 'Magneto', twin sister of Quicksilver and paternal half-sister of 'Polaris'.

The character has featured in four decades of Marvel continuity.

Scarlet Witch starred in two self-titled limited series with husband the 'Vision' and as a regular team member in "Avengers". 

Scarlet Witch has also appeared in other Marvel-endorsed products including animated films, arcade/video games, television series and merchandise, »

- Michael Stevens

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"Avengers: Age Of Ultron": 'The Wasp'

22 August 2014 6:41 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Although her film introduction was cut from director Joss Whedon's "The Avengers", fans are hoping that Marvel Comics character 'Janet Van Dyne' aka 'The Wasp', a founding member of the "Avengers" comic book team, will cameo in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", considering her daughter 'Hope Van Dyne' (Evangeline Lilly) appears in Marvel Studios' currently shooting "Ant-Man" feature:

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 'The Wasp' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Tales to Astonish' #44 (June 1963), with the ability to shrink to a height of several centimeters, grow to giant size and fly by means of insectoid wings :

"...'Janet Van Dyne' was a shallow, self-centered, heiress and debutante, daughter of wealthy scientist 'Vernon Van Dyne'. 

"During an experiment an alien monster was unleashed from an alternate dimension and Dr. Van Dyne was killed.

"Her father's associate, 'Dr. Henry "Hank" Pym', had created a substance called 'Pym' particles, which »

- Michael Stevens

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'Agents of Shield' Season 2 introducing Absorbing Man in first new episode

22 August 2014 5:11 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will introduce another established Marvel Comics character in its second season: Crusher Creel -- better known as the Absorbing Man -- will be played by Brian Patrick Wade, as revealed Thursday on Marvel.com.   Though Marvel's announcement refers to the character by his civilian identity, it looks like his namesake powers are intact: "With his ability to absorb the properties of anything he touches, Creel will put Coulson and his team through their paces when their second season kicks off." The character will debut in the show's second season premiere next month, but Marvel has not specified if there's a plan for Wade to appear in more than one episode.   The Absorbing Man is one of Marvel's longest-running villains, introduced by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1965's "Journey into Mystery" #114. Frequently depicted targeting Hulk, Thor and the Avengers as »

- Albert Ching, Comic Book Resources

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"Avengers: Age of Ultron" - 'Baron Strucker'

21 August 2014 11:32 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Actor Thomas Kretschmann plays Marvel Comics super-villain 'Baron Strucker' in director Joss Whedon's "Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

"I have a multi-picture deal," said Kretschmann, "which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time..."

Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, 'Baron Strucker' debuted in Marvel Comics' "Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos" #5 (1964).

'Baron Wolfgang von Strucker', a former Third Reich officer, is one of the leaders of 'Hydra', an enemy of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', the 'Avengers and the interests of the free world in general. He has been physically augmented to be nearly ageless and seemingly killed in the past only to return to plague the world with schemes of world domination.

Strucker is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, swordsman and marksman. He is also a  a master of disguise and excellent actor. »

- Michael Stevens

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Anderson Cooper is now a comic-book character, won't quit his day job

21 August 2014 11:29 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Joining the ranks of other esteemed public figures like Stephen Colbert and Barack Obama, Anderson Cooper is going to be a comic-book character.

First reported by E! Online, the famed anchor will appear in the 12th issue of Marvel’s Black Widow series, by writer Nathan Edmonson and artist Phil Noto. Just like in real life, comic-book Cooper will be a news anchor, breaking a story on the titular heroine. While Black Widow, a.k.a. Natasha Romanova, has a relatively high profile as a member of the Avengers, her history as a covert operative means there are plenty of »

- Joshua Rivera

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What lies ahead for the Spider-Man franchise?

21 August 2014 1:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sony clearly has big plans for its Spider-Man franchise, but how will it pan out? Seb looks at what we know, what might happen, and more...

Now that the dust has begun to settle on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it’s about time to look forwards once more to what Sony’s Spider-franchise might have in store for us. With ambition far beyond simply producing solo Spider-Man films one after the other, the studio is apparently determined to build an entire franchise out of one set of character rights – it’s a bold stance, but one that will clearly require some creative lateral thinking when it comes to who they manage to make a hero out of.

Let’s take a look, then, at what we know about the future Spidey tie-ins, and for good measure what we can speculate about endlessly...

What’s definitely happening

A few months ago, »

- ryanlambie

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